Multiple reports are out that North Carolina is no longer in contention for a Volvo auto plant. The company had announced a $500 million plant it was considering multiple states for, including North Carolina. Now the News and Observer of Raleigh reports multiple anonymous sources have reported only South Carolina and Georgia are still in the running. Governor Pat McCrory says the state is out of money to offer incentives and is imploring the legislature to offer more. The House has passed what h
Women would have to wait longer in North Carolina before obtaining an abortion in a bill that a House committee is recommending.
A woman now must wait 24 hours after receiving information in person or over the phone from an abortion provider before having the procedure. The House Health Committee recommended a bill Wednesday expanding the waiting period to 72 hours.
Sponsor Rep. Susan Martin of Wilson says the measure is designed to protect the health of women but give them time and information to make an informed decision.
The Supreme Court has thrown out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers.
The justices on Monday ordered the state Supreme Court to consider anew whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census.
The high court issued a similar ruling last month involving a complaint from black Alabama Democrats that the Republican-dominated legislature illegally packed black voters into too few voting districts.
As part of an ongoing series, WCQS is reaching out to lawmakers from western North Carolina and beyond for in-depth, wide-ranging discussions on the issues that matter to you. The goal of the series we're calling "In Their Words" is for you to have a chance to hear from the people running our local, state, and federal government in an open, honest, unfiltered way. We will update the series over time.
Officials across Haywood County are waiting for the North Carolina General Assembly to decide whether local voters will be allowed to consider whether Lake Junaluska will become part of the Town of Waynesville. The two communities have been exploring the idea of a merger for more than four years. Smoky Mt. News reporter Becky Johnson spoke with David Hurand about the proposal and why the General Assembly hasn't agreed to place the question on the ballot for local voters.
We’ve been hearing from area lawmakers over the past week. Many were home last week for their version of spring break and that gave us a chance to speak with many of them. Today we hear from Joe Sam Queen. He’s a Democrat representing Haywood, Jackson, and Swain counties in the state House.
Area Democrats are not backing down on their call for the state to expand Medicaid, something the Republican-led General Assembly has refused to do. Queen says North Carolinians are already footing the bill.
We’ve been talking with area lawmakers over the past week as many were home for a week-long recess last week. Today we’re focusing on an interview with Representative Susan Fisher, a Democrat of Buncombe County. Here are some highlights:
In the segment below, Fisher talks about a new proposal in the legislature dealing with abortion. It would mandate a 72 hour waiting period for a woman to have an abortion and would bar UNC or ECU’s medical schools from teaching or providing the procedure. Fisher opposes the bill.
We’ve been conducting interviews with area lawmakers over the past week, as many were home for their version of spring break. Our conversations continue with Representative John Ager, a Democrat of Buncombe County. In the segment below, we talked to Ager about recent changes the legislature made to the state gasoline tax, which was immediately cut by a cent and a half, but that initial cut actually prevented the tax from dropping much further -as was projected, because the gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of gasoline.